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7/23: Minor League Wrap-Up

Tacoma dropped a 10-7 decision to Colorado Springs. Andrew Lorraine had one of his forgettable days, allowing eight runs in six innings and putting the Rainiers in a 6-0 hole after three. Tacoma attempted to rally, but its three-run fourth was answered with a two-run bottom of the inning; the same thing happened again in the seventh. Yuniesky Betancourt slapped three singles to lead the offense, while Ramon Santiago and Abraham Nunez each had two. George Sherrill returned to action and fanned three in an inning around two hits. Notables:

Lorraine: 6 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Sherrill: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Betancourt: 3-4
Nunez: 2-4, 1 HR
Santiago: 2-5, 1 2B
Choo: 1-3, 1 BB
Dobbs: 1-4, 1 BB
Leone: 0-4, 1 BB

San Antonio did away with Frisco, 3-2. Thomas Oldham lowered his ERA to 3.38 with seven superb innings of work, while Adam Jones' unearned run scored in the fifth held up as the eventual game-winner. The Missions were actually outhit 10-4, but they did draw six walks to Frisco's one. Of note: you think Steve Karsay enjoys pitching in AA? Adam Jones and Jon Nelson had doubles, while Nate Espy reached base three times. Notables:

Oldham: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 6 K
Jones: 1-5, 1 2B
Nelson: 1-4, 1 2B
Rivera: 1-4
Espy: 1-2, 2 BB
Guzman: 0-3, 2 BB

Inland Empire lost to Rancho Cucamonga, 5-3. Everything was going well until the bottom of the sixth, when Mumba Rivera and Aaron Trolia combined to allow four runs that put the 66ers in a 5-2 hole. An attempted rally in the eighth fell short; with the bases loaded and nobody out, Asdrubal Cabrera hit into a double play, and Wladimir Balentien grounded out to end the inning. Then, with the bases loaded and one down in the ninth, Justin Ruchti hit into his own DP to end the game. BJ Garbe had three hits, Mike Garciaparra two, and Balentien his 16th home run. Notables:

Rivera: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Garbe: 3-4
Garciaparra: 2-4
Balentien: 1-4, 1 HR
Cabrera: 1-4, 1 2B
Boucher: 1-4

Wisconsin needed extra frames Clinton, 8-6. Leading 6-3 in the top of the ninth, the T'Rats had Cibney Bello on the hill, and he promptly allowed four hits, a walk, a wild pitch, and three runs. Donny Langdon would then go on to blow it all in the 11th to seal the loss. A strong start by Ivan Blanco went to waste. Jack Arroyo, Omar Falcon, and Oswaldo Navarro all had multihit days. Notables:

Blanco: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Falcon: 2-5, 1 2B
Arroyo: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Navarro: 2-3, 2 BB
Hubbard: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Tuiasosopo: 1-5, 1 2B

Everett lost to Salem-Keizer, 6-2. Paul Fagan was responsible for all six Volcanoes runs, as they all scored in the first five innings, while the Aquasox couldn't get much going against Nick Pereira or Dave McKae. Ron Prettyman and Robert Hudson each had two hits, while Prettyman and Jeff Flaig had doubles. Rollie Gibson tossed a strong three innings out of the bullpen. Notables:

Fagan: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Gibson: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Prettyman: 2-4, 1 2B
Hudson: 2-3
Flaig: 1-4, 1 2B
Valbuena: 1-4
Heid: 1-4

Coming up: Chris Buglovsky for Tacoma, Jared Thomas for San Antonio, Ryan Feierabend for Inland Empire, Mark Lowe for Wisconsin, and Nick Allen for Everett.